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May 25, 2018

Bowditch and Hicks speak at 2018 commencement ceremony

Dickinson State University students Carlie Bowditch and Mackenzie Hicks addressed the graduates at the 98th spring commencement ceremony Saturday, May 12, during which the University awarded 168 baccalaureate degrees and 34 associate degrees.

Bowditch, from Sylvania, Saskatchewan, Canada, is the daughter of Ryan and Joline Bowditch. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in agriculture studies with a business and marketing option and a minor in leadership. During her time at Dickinson State, Bowditch was on the DSU rodeo team, was an active member in Collegiate Farm Bureau and was a Theodore Roosevelt Honors Leadership Scholar. This past year, she worked at the DSU Heritage Foundation. Outside of DSU, Bowditch coaches figure skating, helps out with 4-H events and continues her education through leadership and agronomy workshops. Bowditch plans to attend equine chiropractic school and travel before returning to her family’s farm.

Hicks is the daughter of LeAnn and Scott Fitch of Hettinger, North Dakota. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in composite music education. During her time at DSU, Hicks participated in numerous music ensembles, TRiO, Campus Activities Board, NAfME, and was a resident assistant for three years. Hicks is moving back to Hettinger to teach K-12 music at Hettinger Public School where she has already accepted a position.


Ehlang and Hicks named DSU’s 2018 Outstanding Graduates

Twenty-one students were nominated for this year’s 2018 Outstanding Graduate Award. The Dickinson State University Alumni Association at the Outstanding Graduate ceremony honored the following students Friday, May 11, in the DSU Student Center Ballroom. The winners were Mackenzie Hicks and Seth Ehlang.

·         Brittany Berger – Social Sciences – Dickinson, ND

·         Heather Bird – Nursing – Reeder, ND

·         Carlie Bowditch – Ag & Technical Studies – Sylvania, SK, CA

·         Kendra Cox – Social Sciences – Gladstone, ND

·         Megan Dailey – Language & Literature – Glasgow, MT

·         Marcus Dietrich – Language & Literature – Bismarck, ND

·         Briana Dolechek – Fine & Performing Arts – Dickinson, ND

·         Seth Ehlang – Natural Sciences – Billings, MT

·         Nicole Field – Teacher Education – Dagmar, MT

·         Mackenzie Hicks – Fine & Performing Arts – Hettinger, ND

·         Abby Houghton – Teacher Education – Regent, ND

·         Aleesa Joslyn – Math & Computer Science – Gillette, WY

·         Anthony Locke – Heath & Physical Education – Elk Grove, CA

·         Miranda Marx  Nursing – Dickinson, ND

·         Zachary Miller – Math & Computer Science – Dickinson, ND

·         Billi Petermann – Natural Sciences – Wibaux, MT

·         Kaler Ray – Heath & Physical Education – Glendale, AZ

·         Shaylee Singleton – Business & Entrepreneurship – Miles City, MT

·         Dylan Skabo – Business & Entrepreneurship – Dickinson, ND

·         Karissa Van Horn – Nursing – Sentinel Butte, ND

·         Justin Ward – Ag & Technical Studies – Mabel, MN


Dickinson State to host Centennial Celebration

This is a special year for the University as it marks 100 years since its doors first opened in 1918 as Dickinson Normal School. The school initially opened as a teacher’s college. Now, DSU offers one master’s degree, 41 bachelor’s degrees, four associate degrees, two certification programs and six certificates of completion. In addition to these current offerings, the University is continuing to expand its curriculum to serve the needs of the region.

Dickinson State will host its Centennial Celebration June 28-30. During this time, DSU will be celebrating the more than 14,000 students who have entered the hallowed Dickinson State halls to learn and have departed to serve. Some feature events of the celebration include an alumni association luncheon, the Roughriders Days parade and a Dickinson State Centennial Exhibit on display at the Dickinson Museum Center from June 28 – Oct. 14.

For the full Centennial Celebration schedule, visit dickinsonstate.edu/centennial.